Josh’s Best of 2022 Awards — Best Executed Games

I’ve created a new category to give more spotlights to games. For this one, I’m honoring the games that didn’t blow up as a revolutionary take on the genre but were all around great games that did what they set out to do.

Honorable Mention: Drainus

Drainus was a great shmup that was released to little fanfare as the latest game from Team Ladybug. I really like the pixel art and the ability to modify your ship and shots on the fly. What keeps it from scoring higher is that while it was a good game, it didn’t really stick around as a memorable one. I would love for someone to take this concept of ship modification further in a future game.

#3: Shadows over Loathing

The latest game from the king of dry wit and humor is Shadows over Loathing. We’re trading the wild west and horse-related puns for Lovecraftian mysteries…and puns. This not-so-spooky sequel to West continues the series’ design of puzzle, adventure, and wacky RPG hijinks. At this point, you are either all in or all out for a Loathing game, and I enjoyed my time slinging cheese at fish people.

#2: Infernax

What if we take a traditional 2D action-adventure and cover it with all the blood? We get Infernax. This challenging modern retro game had some of the most shocking NES-styled cutscene around with meat on the bone in the form of multiple endings. As with the other games on this list, while the game doesn’t stand out among the modern retro classics I’ve played, it’s still a solid game for action fans.

#1: Swordship

Swordship is one of those games that I feel deserves more praise than what it has gotten. A smartly designed arcade-style game. The hook is that while you must dodge and fight against drones trying to stop you from delivering contraband, you are never able to directly attack. You need to maneuver around to get enemies to take out each other.

Turnbased Fest Mega Showcase

The massive showcase highlighting all my favorites from the turn-based festival on steam. Games played were either demos or developer submissions.

Indie Game Showcase 12/16/22

The indie showcases highlight all the indie games we play here on stream, if you would like to submit a game for a future piece, please reach out. All games shown are either demos or press key submissions.

Indie Dev Showcase (12/9/22)

The indie showcases highlight the many indie games we play on the channel, all games shown are either press keys or demos. If you would like to submit a game for a future stream and video please reach out.

Indie Game Showcase 11/30/22

The weekly indie showcase spotlights the many indie games we play here on the channel. If you would like to submit a game for a future stream and video, please reach out.

Haiku the Robot Developer Interview

An interview with Jordon Morris who designed the metroidvania Haiku the Robot for a chat about the game and metroidvania design. We spoke about the creation of Haiku, how the environments were designed and balanced, and more about making a metroidvania.

Indie Game Showcase 11/25/22

Each showcase highlights the many indie games we play here on the channel, if you would like to submit a game for a future stream/video, please reach out.

Indie Game Showcase 11/12/22

The indie showcases highlight the many developer-submitted games and indie demos we check out. If you would like to submit a game for a future video please reach out.

Dreamhack Beyond 2022 Showcase

This showcase features the games I enjoyed from Dreamhack Beyond 2022 steam showcase, all games played were demos.

Indie Game Archive Stream (9/28/22) Edition

This is the archive from our nightly stream on Game-Wisdom. If you would like to watch them live, I stream nightly starting around 9:30 PM ET on

Games shown:

  • 0:00 Squad 51 vs. the flying saucers
  • 44:46 Temple of Starlight
  • 1:12:15 Turbo Kid
  • 1:44:12 There is No Light
  • 2:29:41 Taiji

Nextfest 2022 Showcase (finale)

Next Fest 2022 Showcase Part 4

More indie game demos I covered during Steam Next Fest 2022 October Edition.